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Thread Starter 
So I need some help picking out a laptop for someone that needs portability, reliability, and speed. I'm terrible when it comes to laptop shopping so I'm gonna need some help from you all.

will only be using it for emails, presentations. but A LOT of windows and documents opened at once.

Requirements
- ~ <$1400 including the purchase of a SSD
- less than 14"
- lightweight
- decent battery (can upgrade to 9-cell if available)
- it needs to ship fast. (amazon, newegg, 'ships fast' like from dell)
- AT LEAST an i3 onboard graphics is fine
- preferably backlit keyboard not a deal breaker

I've looked at a Lenovo Thinkpads (X220 and X120s flavors) but I have not the slightest clue how good they really are (aside from reviews).
Dell Latitudes take far too long to ship at the configurations I am looking for.
Macintosh is not an option for this user.

Any guidance and all suggestions greatly appreciated
Edited by ohzer0 - 8/11/11 at 12:58pm
CMLXXX - RAMPAGE
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core™ i7-980X [4.1GHz] 1.32v Asus Rampage III GENE EVGA GeForce™ GTX 1080 FTW 6GB Corsair Dominator GT 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
500GB Samsung 850 PRO 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 Corsair H100i + 2x GentleTyphoon AP-15 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell Ultrasharp™ U2410 Rev A04 Ducky DK 9008-BELLB CherryMX Browns OCN Edition! Corsair HX620W Corsair 350D 
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Logitech G502 Zowie G-RF HiFiMAN HE-400 Objective 2 + Objective DAC 
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Creative Sound Blaster Z Logitech Z-5500 
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CMLXXX - RAMPAGE
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core™ i7-980X [4.1GHz] 1.32v Asus Rampage III GENE EVGA GeForce™ GTX 1080 FTW 6GB Corsair Dominator GT 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
500GB Samsung 850 PRO 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 Corsair H100i + 2x GentleTyphoon AP-15 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell Ultrasharp™ U2410 Rev A04 Ducky DK 9008-BELLB CherryMX Browns OCN Edition! Corsair HX620W Corsair 350D 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Logitech G502 Zowie G-RF HiFiMAN HE-400 Objective 2 + Objective DAC 
AudioAudio
Creative Sound Blaster Z Logitech Z-5500 
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post #2 of 5
$1400 and you want integrated graphics with an i3? Go for a Macbook.
     
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-6300HQ Dell Proprietary 4GB Nvidia GTX 960M Samsung 12GB (1x8GB 1x4GB) DDR3L 1600 MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
256GB SanDisk M.2 SSD 1TB HGST 7.2k HDD Custom Cooling by Dell Solutions Windows 10 Home 64-Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerMouse
15.6" 1920x1080 IPS Screen Dell 130w PSU Logitech G602 Wireless 
Mouse Pad
Xtrac 'Ripper' Mouse Pad 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-2760QM Toshiba Qosmio X775 Nvidia 1.5GB GTX 560M 8GB DDR3 1333 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
120GB Samsung 830 SSD + 1TB HGST 7200RPM HDD CD/DVD-RW Stock Windows 10 Home 64-Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerMouse
17.3" - 1600x900 Standard backlit 180w Power Adapter Logitech G500s 
Audio
Harmon/Kardon Onboard 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-6300HQ Dell Proprietary 4GB Nvidia GTX 960M Samsung 12GB (1x8GB 1x4GB) DDR3L 1600 MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
256GB SanDisk M.2 SSD 1TB HGST 7.2k HDD Custom Cooling by Dell Solutions Windows 10 Home 64-Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerMouse
15.6" 1920x1080 IPS Screen Dell 130w PSU Logitech G602 Wireless 
Mouse Pad
Xtrac 'Ripper' Mouse Pad 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-2760QM Toshiba Qosmio X775 Nvidia 1.5GB GTX 560M 8GB DDR3 1333 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
120GB Samsung 830 SSD + 1TB HGST 7200RPM HDD CD/DVD-RW Stock Windows 10 Home 64-Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerMouse
17.3" - 1600x900 Standard backlit 180w Power Adapter Logitech G500s 
Audio
Harmon/Kardon Onboard 
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post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Imglidinhere View Post
$1400 and you want integrated graphics with an i3? Go for a Macbook.
Apple is not an option for this user
CMLXXX - RAMPAGE
(18 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core™ i7-980X [4.1GHz] 1.32v Asus Rampage III GENE EVGA GeForce™ GTX 1080 FTW 6GB Corsair Dominator GT 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
500GB Samsung 850 PRO 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 Corsair H100i + 2x GentleTyphoon AP-15 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell Ultrasharp™ U2410 Rev A04 Ducky DK 9008-BELLB CherryMX Browns OCN Edition! Corsair HX620W Corsair 350D 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Logitech G502 Zowie G-RF HiFiMAN HE-400 Objective 2 + Objective DAC 
AudioAudio
Creative Sound Blaster Z Logitech Z-5500 
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CMLXXX - RAMPAGE
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core™ i7-980X [4.1GHz] 1.32v Asus Rampage III GENE EVGA GeForce™ GTX 1080 FTW 6GB Corsair Dominator GT 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
500GB Samsung 850 PRO 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 Corsair H100i + 2x GentleTyphoon AP-15 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell Ultrasharp™ U2410 Rev A04 Ducky DK 9008-BELLB CherryMX Browns OCN Edition! Corsair HX620W Corsair 350D 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Logitech G502 Zowie G-RF HiFiMAN HE-400 Objective 2 + Objective DAC 
AudioAudio
Creative Sound Blaster Z Logitech Z-5500 
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CMLXXX - RAMPAGE
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core™ i7-980X [4.1GHz] 1.32v Asus Rampage III GENE EVGA GeForce™ GTX 1080 FTW 6GB Corsair Dominator GT 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
500GB Samsung 850 PRO 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 Corsair H100i + 2x GentleTyphoon AP-15 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell Ultrasharp™ U2410 Rev A04 Ducky DK 9008-BELLB CherryMX Browns OCN Edition! Corsair HX620W Corsair 350D 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Logitech G502 Zowie G-RF HiFiMAN HE-400 Objective 2 + Objective DAC 
AudioAudio
Creative Sound Blaster Z Logitech Z-5500 
  hide details  
Reply
CMLXXX - RAMPAGE
(18 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core™ i7-980X [4.1GHz] 1.32v Asus Rampage III GENE EVGA GeForce™ GTX 1080 FTW 6GB Corsair Dominator GT 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
500GB Samsung 850 PRO 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 Corsair H100i + 2x GentleTyphoon AP-15 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell Ultrasharp™ U2410 Rev A04 Ducky DK 9008-BELLB CherryMX Browns OCN Edition! Corsair HX620W Corsair 350D 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Logitech G502 Zowie G-RF HiFiMAN HE-400 Objective 2 + Objective DAC 
AudioAudio
Creative Sound Blaster Z Logitech Z-5500 
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post #5 of 5
Go for the X220! Seriously, it is one of the nicest laptops I've had my hands on, a really really really powerful machine in such a small footprint, with amazing batterylife! Also, go with the IPS option
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SB 2500k 4.6GHz 1.35V Msi P67A-GD55 B3 Asus R9 290 DCUII Corsair Vengeance LP Black 16GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 128GB 830 ,1TB Spinpoint F3 Samsung Corsair H100i Win7 Ultimate SP1 64Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Crossover 27'' S-IPS Das Keyboard Seasonic SS-1000XP Platinum Corsair 500R 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Logitech G700 Steelpad 4HD LovelyCube and V-Dac 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
SB 2500k 4.6GHz 1.35V Msi P67A-GD55 B3 Asus R9 290 DCUII Corsair Vengeance LP Black 16GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 128GB 830 ,1TB Spinpoint F3 Samsung Corsair H100i Win7 Ultimate SP1 64Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Crossover 27'' S-IPS Das Keyboard Seasonic SS-1000XP Platinum Corsair 500R 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Logitech G700 Steelpad 4HD LovelyCube and V-Dac 
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